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Mallory Bruinsma
April 12, 2016 | Mallory Bruinsma

There's more to Gin than just Juniper

Unique Affordable Gins

It can be hard to try a new type of alcohol because there are so many choices and variations in every category. This is especially true for gin as even the slightest change in botanicals can drastically change the taste. Here are a few of my favorite gins that are easy drinking, reasonably priced, and have truly unique flavours. These are all worth trying whether you are new to gin or have been enjoying it for years.

Bombay Sapphire 40% alc.– $28.49 (750ml)
Bombay Sapphire was the first gin I ever tried and even after tasting more expensive bottles I am still coming back for more. It is a dry style of Gin from London. The botanicals in this gin are angelica, juniper, lemon, grains of paradise, coriander, cubeb berries, orris root, almonds, cassia bark, and liquorice. This Gin gets its botanical notes from Vapour Infusion which is a process that uses heated vapour from the spirit to release the botanical flavours which are in perforated copper baskets.  I enjoy this gin because while flavourful it’s not overpowering.

Ungava 43.1% alc./vol. - $34.99 (750ml)
Ungava is distinguishable by its vibrant yellow vibrant color which comes from rose hips. It is extra special because it is 100% Canadian and uses 100% natural ingredients. It is infused with botanicals from the Canadian north to give it a northern forest taste. In addition to wild rose hip it also has crowberry, cloudberry, Labrador tea, Nordic juniper, and arctic blend. This is currently my favorite gin. When I drink it I feel like I am in the mountains doing a backcountry hike.

Gin Mare 42.7% alc.– $43.99 (700ml)
Greece is my favorite place in the whole world and when I want to imagine that I am there I drink some Gin Mare. It is a Mediterranean style gin distilled primarily from olives, thyme, rosemary, and basil but also has cardamom, coriander, and juniper berries. This gin reminds me of Greek cuisine. This gin is a perfect choice for those who enjoy herbaceous flavours, rather than floral notes.

Dillon’s Small Batch Rose Gin 35% alc./vol. – $27.99 (375 ml)
For those who enjoy floral tastes and aromas this rose gin is a perfect choice. This gin is unfiltered and has a base of 100% Ontario rye dry gin which makes it proudly Canadian. In appearance it has an orange caramel color which comes from the rose hips and petals. The alcohol percent is lower than most gins and it is slightly sweetened which allows it to be used as an aperitif. This gin works very well with tonic because of the added sweetness.

Dictador Treasure, Premium Colombian Aged Gin 43%alc. – $54.99 (700 ml)
This gin is truly unique. It is aged in rum barrels for 35 weeks which gives it a bit of a vanilla flavour.  It is infused with the flavors from citrus peels, berries, and various spices. It is supposed to be reminiscent of a limon mandarino which is a Colombian fruit. The flavour that stood out to me was tangerine. The taste was fresh like the fruit had just been picked off a tree. This gin can be enjoyed on the rocks or in a mix because it is incredibly smooth and flavourful.

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